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Apr 06, 2009 17:14 |  #46

I've bought a couple of DVD's and a lot of books. Watching the DVD's and reading the books whilst having the 50D on my lap is making simple things come a bit more familiar. It's a steep learning curve...but thats what makes it fun.


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Apr 06, 2009 19:25 |  #47

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Congrats!
And now you've familiarised yourself with the basics of the body, i think moving away from auto will bring much better results for you, as the auto on these bodies isnt the best!
Id reccomend just shooting with auto shutterspeed function, (on my 400d its 'AV'?) and that will choose the right shutter speed for you, but leaves you to mess with white balance, ISO etc. Usually better results than full auto but not really any more demanding to do!
Have fun ;)

But if you are using flash, go for Manual exposure rather than Av mode (or if you are in Av mode at least remember to set the Custom Function to "shutter speed of 250 with Av mode"). I just learned to do Manual exposure with the Speedlite 430 EXII and the results are awesome! ;)


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Apr 06, 2009 20:56 |  #48

ozziepuppy wrote in post #7680787 (external link)
But if you are using flash, go for Manual exposure rather than Av mode (or if you are in Av mode at least remember to set the Custom Function to "shutter speed of 250 with Av mode"). I just learned to do Manual exposure with the Speedlite 430 EXII and the results are awesome! ;)

Yep.

In a nutshell, manual mode when combined with an ETTL flash (e.g., the 430EX) allows you to decide what the balance should be between ambient light and light from the flash.

Really good stuff.


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Apr 08, 2009 17:35 |  #49

Wow theres a lot to learn.

Did I do the wrong thing getting a 50D for my first DSLR?

I feel like I'm struggling a bit.


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Apr 08, 2009 17:50 |  #50

James.D wrote in post #7693737 (external link)
Wow theres a lot to learn.

Did I do the wrong thing getting a 50D for my first DSLR?

I feel like I'm struggling a bit.

Buy "Understanding Exposure" THE best learning tool for a beginner. I read a lot online and thought I had it down, but that brought me to a whole new level.

Edit: and if you wish to start at a lower level DSLR I would be happy to trade my XT for it. I will even pay shipping both ways =)


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Apr 08, 2009 17:50 |  #51

No, the 50D really isn't any harder to learn than an XSi. It just has a few more options and features, and is set up to be easier controlled in manual, AV and TV modes.


Do you have the book "]Understanding Exposure (external link)"? It is a great resource for beginners with DSLR's. It helped me tremendously when I was starting over with digital.

EDIT: Bendel beat me to it!


And don't get discouraged after just a couple of weeks. Give yourself time to learn. Many of the people here that you see posting amazing images have been shooting for years and are still learning something new every day.


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Apr 08, 2009 17:52 |  #52

DDCSD wrote in post #7693816 (external link)
Do you have the book "Understanding Exposure"? It is a great resource for beginners with DSLR's. It helped me tremendously when I was starting over with digital.


And I beat you to the punch by about 10 seconds. :)


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Apr 08, 2009 17:53 as a reply to  @ DDCSD's post |  #53

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Apr 09, 2009 06:09 |  #54

James.D wrote in post #7693737 (external link)
Wow theres a lot to learn.

Did I do the wrong thing getting a 50D for my first DSLR?

I feel like I'm struggling a bit.

As long as it fits your hand well and isn't missing anything important to you, no you didn't do the wrong thing at all.

Any piece of equipment like this that's very capable is something you can grow into. The more capable it is, the less likely you'll need to concern yourself with growing beyond it.

Which is another way of saying: the more capable the camera, the longer term an investment it can be.


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Apr 09, 2009 06:36 as a reply to  @ kcbrown's post |  #55

I have a problem with the 50D and am unable to check the manual as mine is in German :P

When shooting in the dark I often want to turn the display screen off and simply view my settings in the viewfinder so that it does not ruin my natural night vision. Is there a simple way to do this as I cant find it in the menu screens?


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Apr 09, 2009 06:48 |  #56
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puzzle wrote in post #7696638 (external link)
I have a problem with the 50D and am unable to check the manual as mine is in German :P

When shooting in the dark I often want to turn the display screen off and simply view my settings in the viewfinder so that it does not ruin my natural night vision. Is there a simple way to do this as I cant find it in the menu screens?

Just click INFO button couple of times..

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Apr 09, 2009 07:01 |  #57

and its that simple ... thanks !!


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